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Garden Route from Longmead House

If you like to wander ( nosey)around gardens and take in the natural surroundings, have green fingers or just a keen  interest to  explore beautiful formal / informal gardens then you will be pleased to know that near to us at Longmead we have several popular gardens worth visiting  within 40 minutes drive.These include National Trust gardens, RHS gardens, and a privately owned garden and plant centre, that we would recommend.We have designed a suggested garden route  to drive, along which you can stop and visit 3 of our favorite gardens accessible from Longmead house.  These include the extensive grounds and gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society at Rosemoor ( the furthest distance away) to the more local smaller privately owned Marwood Hill garden and plant center between Ilfracombe and Barnstaple and the National Trust owned Arlington court House and Gardens. All of these gardens have areas of both formal and informal planting and sections of specific species which are worth visiting during the different seasons throughout the year. You can follow our route to take in either one or all of these gardens during your stay. You will be pleased to find that as well as the gardens two of them have historic buildings and houses that are open to the public ( useful if the weather is a bit inclement) as well as the essential refreshment stop cafe/ tea rooms and gift shops. 

Arlington Court House and Gardens  EX31 4LP      12 miles ( 23mins) 

Starting at Longmead you take the A39 out of Lynton towards Blackmoor gate and Barnstaple, At Blackmore Gate T junction turn Right then immediately Left continue towards Barnstaple along the A39. Continue along this road for 3.9 miles then take the Left turn signposted to Arlington Court, continue for approx 3/4 mile and hte National Trust car park is on the left side of the road.

Arlington Court National Trust House and Gardens.This is aRegency property with extensive grounds, a walled formal Victorian Garden and planting , woodlands and lakeside walks,  avenues of trees and rhododendron shrubs.  So you can enjoy a range of flowering shrubs, evergreen plants and flowers throughout the year.In Springtime the Azales and Rhodedendroms blossom fill the senses with explosions of colour and aroma to delight and are glorious to view.  There are several well sign posted circular walks that pass through the grounds, fields and along the river and lakes that are enclosed within the grounds. If you have time you could also see the additional visitor attraction – a Carriage museum full of charming historic carriages and coaches from various eras. Transportation of the masses via coaches, Working mail coaches, wagons, and carts that hauled goods and men across the countryside to beautiful carved and ornate carriages that carried the wealthy gentry and even royalty about town. Its well worth a visit.  Of course no visit is complete without a trip to the National Trust tea rooms for a slice of cake and a cuppa.

Marwood Hill Gardens  Sign Posted from the A3123 EX31 4EA

From  Arlington Court  National Trust car park turn left and continue back to the A39 junction and turn right towards Barnsaple. At the Bridge turn right sign posted The Pyne Arms and East Down. Continue along this winding road follow the signs to Berry Down Cross. At the T  junction turn right then turn left and join the A3123 towards Ilfracombe. Take the next left the B3230 signposted to Marwood Hill Gardens Continue along this road for approximately 3 miles then turn right on Whiddon Lane , at the next junction take a right turn and arrive at Marwood Hill Gardens car park.  

Marwood Hill Gardens are a hidden gem, a stunning private garden featuring 20 acres of tended landscape nestled in a valley between Barnstaple and Ilfracombe a short drive from here. It has numerous lakes and a quaint tea room as well as plant centre to purchase any of your favorite plants to take away.You can wander through the National Collection of Astilbes and meanderthrough the grounds along avenues of rhododendrons, and hydrangeas. Whist you enjoy your cream tea you can view the wild flower gardens as well as the planted borders and  surrounding grounds.The lakes are filled with water lilies , reeds and bull rushes and beautiful place to spot the wildlife living in and around the water.

RHS Rosemoor   Great Torrington Direct from Longmead House 34 miles  EX38 8PH  

Water, Woods and Colour all Year round 

Follow the A39 towards Barnstaple through Blackmoore Gate via Shirwell,, pass the North Devon District Hospital and continue straight through the next set of traffic lights in Barnstaple.  Continue following the A39 through Barnstaple and around the outskirts ring roads towards Torrington / Great Torrington and Bideford. Take a left turn onto the B3232 from the A39 towards Great Torrington. Continue along this road until you reach Great Torrington take a left onto the A386 sign posted towards Rosemoor. Then at the next junction at Torrington take the A3124 for approximately 2 miles and Rosemoor is well sign posted off this road. 

RHS Rosemoor whilst being a longer drive is worth a visit even if you are not a member. It has extensive cultivated gardens which span across the road A3124 ( there is an underpass that connects both sides) Gifted to the RHS by Lady Anne Berry in 1988 the garden consists of a house with 8 acres of formal planted gardens plus 32 acres of woodland a visitor centre where exhibitions are often held. You can exploreand spend many hours wandering  through and viewing the different areas and planting  from its renowned Rose gardens, through the exotic plant species in  the hot and cold gardens,  familiar fruits and vegtables growing in the kitchen, herb , pottager and cottage gardens , ti the Foilage and Plantsman Garden. There are  many varieties of shrubs and trees in  the surrounding enchanting woodlands.  Dotted around the grounds are sculptures that blend in with the planting there is something for everyone here, the artist, photgrapher, writer can also be inspired by these fabulous colours and sights of the gardens. There is something for both the amateur as well as for the keen gardener, to see , learn about and be inspired by, It is easy to spend a whole day here.   For the serious gardener there are often training workshops, presentations , seminars  and exhibitions at the educational and training centre on site. There is a wealth of opportunities for everyone to learn from the experts and staff that work in all the areas at Rosemoor and they always enjoy talking anything garden related. Make the most of your visit and see as much as you can , see if you can walk off the calories from :  the Devon indulgences your cream tea, clotted cream ice cream, fudge  or pasty that you can get at the cafe and gift shop.